October 12, 2018
Hill Country Metro Marines (HCMM) hosted its biggest lunch event yet on October 12. Marines and veterans from many groups, including 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, the Wounded Warrior Batallion detachment at Ft. Sam Houston, the Women Marines Association, Marine Corps Leage- Alamo Detachment and the Fisher House joined to meet a list of distinguished guests including the 12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Harold "Gene" Overstreet.
Col. (RET) Ken Hopper, the active president of the Marine Corps Reserve Association (MCRA), also joined the group to discuss the value of the Association and all of the programs that it is involved in. The October 2018 HCMM meeting coincided with MCRA's annual convention, which was being held in San Antonio.
Sgt. Maj. Overstreet gave a brief presentation on Young Marines and detailed ways to get involved and volunteer. There are 4 active Young Marines chapters in the San Antonio-Hill Country area. Find a unit to learn more about here.
"Hosting our guest speakers, like [MCRA President] Col. Hopper and the 12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is always a great treat," said HCMM Board member Col. Tony White. "The speakers were informative and can provide details on how we can plug in and connect with groups of Marines. We have to continue to seek out ways to make a difference in our communities and nation."
HCMM Board member Ray Navarro, Jr. also gave an update on the upcoming 243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball, which will take place in downtown San Antonio on November 10. Organizers anticipate over 1,000 active duty, reserve, retired and veteran Marines and their spouses to attend, making San Antonio's citywide Marine Corps ball one of the nation's largest. Ooh rah!
As part of the Ball preparations, Navarro helped to secure some great raffle items including a Springfield Armory AR-15 and a Sig Sauer M17.
"Both the SIG pistol and the Springfield Armory rifle were generously donated by the manufacturers, who support military and veterans events. Springfield Armory's Director of Marketing is an old Leatherneck and got us a very nice upgraded platform. Also, our group got one of the first production M17s before they become the Corp's official sidearm," said Navarro.
Raffle tickets for the items will be sold before and during the Marine Corps Ball. Many more items will be raffled off, including a prize pack from local Freetail Brewing Company, San Antonio-based clothing company Grunt Style, and many more.